Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is in Port Moresby for the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting. He attended the Pacific’s African Caribbean Pacific (PACP ) leaders’ meeting in the capital earlier today.

The 46th Pacific Islands Forum will officially open tonight and the Forum Leaders’ Plenary Formal Sessions are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Climate change, fisheries, West Papua, cervical cancer and Information Communication Technology are five priority issues that will be placed before forum leaders to-morrow. 

The Pacific Islands Forum was founded in 1971 as the South Pacific Forum. In 2000, the name was changed to the Pacific Islands Forum to better reflect the geographic location of its members in the north and south Pacific.

The 46th Pacific Islands Forum meeting is being held in Papua New Guinea from 8-11 September. Members include Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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